Archive for February, 2009

Depressing? Try hilarious.

Friday, February 27th, 2009 | Toast! | 3 Comments

Well, ok. They wouldn’t be all that hilarious if they actually happened. Except maybe #8. That would actually be pretty funny.

20 Possible Battlestar Galactica Endings, All of Them Hideously Depressing

How did I miss that?

Wednesday, February 25th, 2009 | You Call This News? | 3 Comments

Am I the last person to find out that Robinson Crusoe was based on a real person? I always thought it was purely fictional until I read this article about the man the story was based on.

Learn something new every day.

(Via The Morning News)

More entertaining than real Facebook

Tuesday, February 24th, 2009 | Fun With Teh Intarweb | 1 Comment

And far, far fewer Li’l Green Patch requests.

The Aeneid on Facebook.

Trivia for today: “The Aeneid” was also the name of my high school’s yearbook. My, didn’t the person who came up with that think themselves special. (I prefer to think of my time in high school as more the “war” books instead of the “journey to Italy” books, but I’m guessing the person who titled the yearbook was going for the journey aspect. Clearly they were too old to properly remember what high school was like.) (I digress.)

(Damn. Can’t remember where I found this link. Thank you, mystery source.)

I crawl through the intertubes so you don’t have to

Monday, February 23rd, 2009 | Design-y Bits, You Call This News? | 1 Comment

Plus, finding stuff online is kinda fun.

So here are some goodies that are share-worthy today. I hope you enjoy them.

1) For the type addicts and sign junkies out there (myself included), Villatype: A record of type and lettering found in the public domain.

2) An interesting article from the NY Times about the N.I.H.’s Undiagnosed Diseases Program: What’s Wrong With Summer Stiers? The lede’s not quite how I would have started the article, but then again, no one asked me. I’m just intrigued by the project. It must be an incredibly cool (but probably very frustrating) job.

3) And finally, not exactly a groundbreaking story, but it’s got one part in it that’s good for a chuckle. Check out the second bit of linked text in this Time article (the one at the end of the paragraph that starts “Then there’s a third group…”). Maybe they’re worried their readers would be confused in this economy and think of things like food, rent and insurance instead. (Personally, I’d have titled the link “Stupid things people with more money than brains waste their cash on.” This is probably one of the many, many reasons I’m not a writer for Time Magazine.)

(thanks to The Morning News for the first two links and a tip o’ the hat to friend Augie for the last.)

Had a good day at PT

Monday, February 23rd, 2009 | Life in Czeltistan | 2 Comments

According to my therapist (who is actually an occupational therapist, not a physical therapist), I am “far more flexible” than she expected I would be “for someone who’s had a fairly traumatic arm injury.” Guess I’m ahead of schedule on my recovery. (Yay me!)

My elbow can only bend at a 50% range of motion, but we’re working on that. Nearly everything else was much better than either of us expected. (Including my wrist movements on the arm I broke four years ago. I have no limitation of movement at all there. I gathered from her comments that was better than would be expected as well.) She seemed pretty confident I’d be back to normal in no time. I’m hoping she’s right.

Thanks, Douglas Adams

Monday, February 23rd, 2009 | Life in Czeltistan | 1 Comment

You just helped me win a $25 Think Geek gift certificate on Twitter! Yay! (And thanks to BB, who was the person to finally get me to create a Twitter account.)

Wish I had $9000 laying around

Friday, February 20th, 2009 | Shameless Consumerism | 5 Comments

I’d so get a life-size Cylon.

I’d put him outside my cube at work. Requests would go through him.

The proofreader in me chuckles

Thursday, February 19th, 2009 | Design-y Bits | 2 Comments

NYC Transit’s Top Typos

(Thanks to vidiot for the giggles. Now I have something to do besides play “find the Duracell” while waiting for trains when I visit.)


Thursday, February 19th, 2009 | Life in Czeltistan | 6 Comments

I am two pounds and one exoskeleton lighter this afternoon, and things are looking bright.

They took two x-rays: one side shot with the elbow bent (like such) and one straight on with the inside of my elbow facing up (like this). The side shot looked fabulous. You can hardly even see the fracture. This is great news. The straight on shot looks better than it did two weeks ago, but the bone is still a bit off-center. (Picture about half of the gap in the x-ray linked above.) This isn’t the best news, but it’s not necessarily bad, either. The bone is shifted to the side where it may not impact the elbow’s range of motion.

The soft tissue bits are still a little sore. I’m not sure yet how much of that is from the injury and how much is from two weeks locked in the same position. The swelling is nearly completely gone, though, and the bruising is less than half of what it was when the cast went on (and the bruises were just starting to show at that point). So I take that all as a very good sign.

I’m slated for PT twice a week for the next three weeks. Then on March 12, I go back in to see the doc and we discuss my progress in PT. (In his words, “We see if there’s anything you can’t do or if you find that your elbow gets stuck in certain positions.” Stuck? Stuck??? WTF, stuck? That’s not cool. No stuck, please.)

Before I left the appointment, he had me see if I could move the arm around a little. I can and, in fact, have more movement than he expected. Then he asked me if I could do a little side-to-side movement with my hands in a fist, thumbs facing up. Judging by his “oh, wow. You really can. Hey, you may not need surgery at all. You may do just fine on your own,” I was able to do that movement better than he expected. If he’s right about not needing surgery, then that’s twice now he’s managed to fix me up well enough to beat the odds. I’m so hoping he’s right.

Meantime, I’m enjoying being able to properly wash my hands again (those of you who know how obsessive I am about hand washing know this was killing me), scratch that one little spot on my upper right arm I couldn’t reach for the past three weeks, and fit my left arm back into the sleeves of ALL my clothing again. It’s also entirely possible I may get up a few minutes earlier tomorrow just to spend a little more time savoring a proper shower. Ahhh.

Thanks, all, for the good wishes the last few weeks. It’s much appreciated.

Overheard at Target

Wednesday, February 18th, 2009 | Overheard | 3 Comments

Setting: Two women with a (children’s?) trivia book in the dollar spot.

Woman #1 (reading): “What’s the highest mountain in the world?” Oh, you should totally know this one. Didn’t you go there?

Woman #2: Oh! Kilamanjaro. Oh, wait. No. Pike’s Peak!

Wish me luck

Wednesday, February 18th, 2009 | Life in Czeltistan | 8 Comments

My doc appointment is at 1:15 Thursday. I’m hoping Cute Doctor* will have nothing but good news for me. (“Wow. Not only do you not need surgery, but your bone has completely healed AND coated itself with adamantium!”) (Ok, maybe not hoping for news THAT good.)

It’s not that I fear surgery (in fact, if it comes to that, I’d kind of like to watch). It’s that I fear the frakking $4000 deductible my insurance has. At that cost, I’m tempted to take my chances with a superglue injection instead, only that isn’t one of the choices my doctor offers.

So if you get a chance, send all your “Anne should use that $4000 on a car or several fabulous vacations, not her elbow” vibes my way.

I’ll post back here Thursday afternoon or evening with an update.

(*Since some of you have asked… everyone, meet Cute Doctor.)


Monday, February 16th, 2009 | Life in Czeltistan | 4 Comments

Figured out how to tie shoes with this stupid cast on this morning. I can do it with all the speed of a small child who’s just learning, and the knot isn’t as tight as I’d like, but if it means I no longer have to wear the same two pairs of shoes (especially since neither is good in winter), I’m fine with it.

Still can’t open jars, though. Stupid torque.

Because sometimes ads actually are clever

Friday, February 13th, 2009 | Design-y Bits | 1 Comment

British Auto Poster Campaign

Kudos to local industry-mates Stir. Thanks for the chuckle.

“It seemed like such a good idea at the time…”

Wednesday, February 11th, 2009 | Again with the hockey | 4 Comments

Heard them announce this promo at the Admirals game last Friday. Figured I must have heard wrong, but then I got the email today confirming I actually had heard correctly.

Admirals Present Dog Days this Sunday. Bring a Dog Along for only $2

If dog is man’s best friend, then why not treat your best friend to an Admirals game? This Sunday, February 15th the Milwaukee Admirals will host a Dog Day Afternoon, sponsored by Pedigree, when the team battles the Quad City Flames at 4:00 pm at the Bradley Center. Fans can bring their dogs to the game along with them for only $2 and $1 from every dog ticket will be donated to the Wisconsin Humane Society.

I’m all for donating to the Humane Society, but really? Dogs at an indoor hockey game? Do they get 2 minutes in the box if they fight? (Five minutes for fighting a human, obviously, with a misconduct if stitches are needed.) What’s the penalty for peeing on the arena floor?

I’m somewhat tempted to go, just for the mayhem, but my sinuses and eyes are swelling up at the mere thought of being near upwards of 500 dogs, regardless of how big the building is. I think I’ll skip this one.

As an FYI

Monday, February 9th, 2009 | Life in Czeltistan | 4 Comments

While my arm heals, I’m reduced to typing with one hand. Hunt and peck may be old hat to some of you, but I’ve been touch-typing for well over 20 years now, so this is a HUGE handicap for me. (Don’t even get me started on what a pain in the ass being one-handed is for phone calls.)

Between emails (work and personal), IMs, Twitter, Facebook, etc., I get a ton (or, as I like to say, a metric assload) of correspondence every day, not to mention all the other non-correspondence things I need to do on the computer. At the rate I am able to type right now, it is impossible for me to respond to it all. Please don’t feel slighted if I’m unable to give you a response or if my responses are very, very short and impersonal. It’s the only way I can get through it all. (And trust me, even only doing that, by the end of the day, my arm and shoulder are killing me.)

Right now, the goal is for most correspondence to reach the largest possible number of people who need that information. If you want news updates, you’re going to have to be content with checking the blog and checking Twitter (which I don’t update more than a few times a day. I’m mostly using it to keep track of others). Chatty IMs are pretty much right out these days, especially since there’s nothing “instant” about my replies.

Sorry if I’m sounding cranky. I’ve reached that point in my recovery where frustration is setting in. Lots of frustration.


Thursday, February 5th, 2009 | Life in Czeltistan | 4 Comments

As part of our work party tonight we had a “$10 and under” wine contest. The bottle of Malbec I brought in won the medium reds contest. My prize: a bottle of 2003 Travaglini Gattinara.


Cute Doctor is not nearly as cute when he’s delivering bad news

Wednesday, February 4th, 2009 | Life in Czeltistan | 11 Comments

So I had my appointment with my orthopaedic surgeon today. (Yes, I have an orthopaedic surgeon. Doesn’t everyone? No? Just me?)

First, the good news. The bone is broken in a kind of horseshoe shape, not straight across.

The end.

Now the bad news. The bone on top is broken (which I knew), the tendons on the bottom are pretty tweaked (which I suspected from all the swelling and bruising). This is what the call in medical terms a “bad combo.” (Ok, maybe that’s not a medical term.) He gave me three options:

Option 1: Cast it now for two weeks to help the tendons heal up a bit and the immobilize the bone. Good for the tendons, but the bone isn’t necessarily thrilled with this option. Still, if all goes as well as possible, everything heals up the way it should, I spend some more time in a sling after the cast is off and then do physical therapy. If all doesn’t go so well, they do surgery to repair/replace the broken off end of the bone. (Note: This option will actually sound good later.)

Option 2: Surgery now to put pins in the bone.

Option 3: Surgery now to replace the broken tip of the bone with a metal replacement doohickey (that one is also not a medical term).

Since options 2 and 3 involve a 100% chance surgery and of making airport security screenings even more of a pain in the ass (and who knew that was possible?), I went with option 1.

So now I wait, try to figure out how to do things with even less mobility, and send vibes to my little nanobots to do the best repair job possible. I’m rockin’ another black exoskeleton while I do that. Pain in the ass for getting dressed and showering, but I can knock people’s teeth out with almost no effort if I need to. Don’t get a lot of call for that, but it’s good to be prepared.

So that’s all the updates on this that I have for probably the next two weeks. Thanks to everyone for offers of help (and drinking). I’m ok on my own so far and this hasn’t really affected my day-to-day mobility, but I’ll holler if I need you. And since so many people keep asking: No, I’m not in pain. The swollen parts are tender, but I’m fine. Thank you for your concern, but please stop asking. I have a very high pain tolerance, so I’m pretty rarely in pain that needs asking after. If I am, you won’t need to ask. It’ll be really obvious. :) (Sorry. Just getting tired of answering the same questions day after day.)

Anyhoo… go, nanobots! Mama needs a metal-free arm. (Which reminds me, where’s my damn resurrection ship? This Cylon thing is supposed to have perks.)

Oh, and I’ll have a few more pix to post tonight — casting process, evil sidewalk shots so y’all can see how treacherous it is.

A look inside

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2009 | General | 1 Comment

I posted my x-rays. Four shots for your edification, starting here.

And yes, I felt it snap. Felt like a dislocation, but no luck. Then again, this will heal faster and doesn’t really hurt much.

This is fab

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2009 | General | No Comments


Two of my favorite things.

Thanks, vidiot

Happy Groundhog Day!

Monday, February 2nd, 2009 | You Call This News? | 2 Comments

My favorite holiday. Nice and sunny here today. Hope it’s the same in Pennsylvania.